When Daddy Leaves to Be a Girl


Book: When Daddy Leaves to Be a Girl

Author: Denise Shick 

Illustrators: Yana Popova and Julie Howard

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

ISBN-13: 978-1985013971

ISBN-10: 1985013975

Website(s): http://www.help4families.com (author)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 9-12

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Children’s book

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Shick,Denise.  When Daddy Leaves to Be a Girl (Publisher 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform).  Denise is a young girl who lives with her dad, mom, three brothers, and sister.  One day Denise’s daddy tells her a secret, but not the kind of secret that makes her happy.  Rather, it makes her very sad. He doesn’t want to be a boy anymore. He wants to be a girl so he can wear dresses and makeup like Mom does. Denise feels hurt and confused, like she has lost her daddy. Her heart is broken. She tries to forget his secret. She tries to ignore it. But she cannot.  What can she do?

     Based on her own childhood experiences, author Denise Shick, the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families Ministry as well as the director of Living Stones Ministries, seeks to help children handle the emotional turmoil of learning that a parent wants to transition to another sex by exploring the fears, confusion, and anger that a child may experience during such difficult circumstances.  In age-appropriate language, she offers children assurance that God sees their pain and loves them, and also gives practical ways to guide children toward emotional and spiritual wholeness.

     Some people do not like this book.  One person “was shocked at the disrespect towards the transgender parent who just disappeared from the child’s life and was replaced with God the Father.”  There was no disrespect here.  The purpose was to help the child deal with the feelings of hurt caused by the “transgender parent.”  Another wrote, “At NO time CAN a daddy become a ‘girl,’ and so, presenting this title before a 5-8 year old, suggests otherwise.”  While that is technically true, there are a lot of both children and adults today who think that they can change genders, so children need to learn how to view this situation from a Biblical viewpoint.  When Daddy Leaves to Be a Girl is a straight-forward yet compassionate and practical book for kids.

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